The makeup I used in this tutorial comes from a brand called Smashbox, which is a more expensive brand that can only be found in speciality makeup stores. Expensive eyeshadows are of a higher quality because they are made with finely ground powder that makes the pigment richer, but expensive brands are not needed for this tutorial. I used them because they happened to be on hand.
Drugstore makeup brands will more than likely have all of these eyeshadow colors since they are common. If you are only using these eyeshadows for this project, I would recommend buying from the cheapest brand possible, like N.Y.C, for example.
What’s most important to remember when selecting the eyeshadows is to use ones that are “matte", which means without any type of glitter. Glitter, needless to say, would ruin the realistic elements that is needed to successfully accomplish this particular look.
As for the tools I used, there is nothing special about them. I used a basic eyeshadow brush that came with a palette of eyeshadows. There are great tools out there, but I think sticking with the basics best serves my purpose since I wear little makeup in my daily life. You could even use your finger instead of an eyeshadow brush if you wanted to. It actually works better because it’s easier to clean and blends the colors more evenly.
I also think that tissues work better than q-tips because those rub off too much of the eyeshadow. Once again, you can get away with using your finger to rub the colors together instead of using a tissue.
The colors I use look more like the colors that make up an actual bruise, which are usually a mix of purple and brown. In my particular palette, there was a yellow eyeshadow that I could have used as well. Yellow would have made the bruise look more faded, but I wanted the bruise to look dark so that it would stand out.
If you are unsure of what colors you would like to use, I would suggest looking up pictures of real bruises.
To complete this look, you will need:
After cleaning the brush, get a large amount of brown eyeshadow on the brush.
Curve the eyeshadow around the outside corner of your eye as well so that the shadow covers the lower half of your eyelid, circles around the corner of your eye, and meets with the shadow underneath your eye. This should create an almost complete circle of eyeshadow. You want the eyeshadow to be thin around the inside corner and thick around the outside corner because if the eyeshadow is drawn in a complete circle around your eye, it will look too perfect and unrealistic.
To make your eyeshadow last for hours, you can use a variety of options from eyeshadow base, to foundation, to powder. Eyeshadow base is a thick cream that goes on your eyelid before the eyeshadow and keeps the eyeshadow from rubbing off. It can be found in most drugstores. Foundation and powder can also be used on your eyelids to keep the oils in your skin from smudging the eyeshadow.
Don’t wear mascara on your eyelashes once you have made a black eye because that will counter the realistic look.
To remove the eyeshadow and any other eye makeup, use petroleum jelly, like Vaseline. Petroleum jelly takes off the eyeshadow a lot easier than water and is also a lot cheaper than eye make up removers. It is also gentle on the skin around and on your eyes, which is extremely thin, and I’ve found that it has made that skin softer.